Novice Auctioneer of the Year 2018

24 October 2018, Cambridge Belfry

For all auctioneers and valuers starting their careers, the NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year is the most important event in the calendar for budding auctioneers.

The competition involves a bidding sequence organised to demonstrate possible occurrences in the saleroom and to test the entrant’s skill, knowledge and presence on the rostrum. The premise makes for a highly anticipated and exciting event where budding auctioneers are whittled down to a final round which takes place at the Gala Dinner later that day.

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The competition is open to all auctioneers that meet one of the following criteria:

Your first auction must have taken place after
31 September 2017


You have been on the rostrum for less than
four auctions in total

If you meet the criteria make sure you enter, if not then please share these details with any friends or colleagues that may be interested in entering.


All competition entrants receive:

  • Complimentary accommodation at the Cambridge Belfry on the night of the competition
  • Free entry to the NAVA Propertymark Autumn Forum that takes place the next day

The overall winner gets:

  • the highly regarded title of 'NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year'
  • the Clive Emson Auction Trophy Rosebowl
  • a year's NAVA Propertymark membership subscription
  • a £250 prize to go to a charity of your choice

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Meet the Judges

Richard Madley

Richard Madley

Richard, a former Surrey league cricketer has made regular TV and radio appearances on BBC and ITV and was one of the pioneers who helped Antiques Roadshow become such a success in the USA.

Noelle McElhatton

Noelle McElhatton

Noelle is the editor of Antiques Trade Gazette and only the fourth editor of ATG since the publication launched in 1971. She has been a business journalist and editor for more than 20 years.

David Sandeman

David Sandeman

David, a qualified barrister, began his career acquiring London properties for redevelopment. Many of the properties were acquired at auction giving David valuable experience in property investment.

georgie hilton

Last Year's Competition

After a hard fought contest Georgina Hilton was awarded the Clive Emson Rosebowl and announced as the 2017 NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year by our expert judging panel. Georgina joined Christie’s in 2013 and currently works in the Old Master Paintings department becoming the most recent addition to Christie’s Auctioneer team.

Speaking after her win Georgina said:

“It was a fantastic day, partly because it gave me the opportunity to meet and speak to so many young passionate auctioneers who are learning their trade. There was a real sense of camaraderie through the day with lots of support from others in the competition and my confidence grew, culminating in my performance in the final.

“NAVA Auctioneer of the Year has given me the opportunity to display what I have been working so hard to learn at Christie's, to a really impressive panel of experts. I’m looking forward to staying in touch with those I have met at the competition and growing the network, the title is a great feather to my bow and I think it will support my development at Christie’s.” 

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If you have any questions about this event please contact our events team.



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